Best bike racks for cars: Transport your bike by car safely and securely

Thule bike rack on a car
(Image credit: Thule)

The best bike racks for cars help you to transport your bike or bikes further afield safely and securely. They're designed so that your bike is easy to mount and dismount and many bike racks for cars are not particularly difficult to attach and remove.

You'll often need some separate components to mount them though. That might be a tow hitch, which needs to be fitted to your vehicle, or roof bars to attach the bike rack to. It's worth factoring these in when making a decision about the best bike rack for your needs, as they can add considerable expense above that of the rack itself.

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Bike Rack Model Mount TypeCapacity Rack WeightBike Frame Contact
Rockymounts MonoRail SoloHitch 1 bike - 2 with additional add on 25lbs / 11kgNo
Kuat NV 2.0Hitch 2 bikes - max 60lbs each52lbs / 23.5kgNo
Yakima FoldClick 2Hitch 2 bikes - max 58kg each34lb / 16.3kgYes
Kuat Piston SRRoof1 bike 26.8lbs / 12kgNo
Yakima HighSpeedRoof1 bike - max 18.1kg9.5lbs / 4.35kgNo
Thule UpRideRoof1 bike - max 20kg17lbs / 7.7kgNo
Rockymounts TomahawkRoof1 bike - 35lbs max weight 16lbs / 7.25kgYes
Saris Bones 2-BikeTrunk/Boot2 bikes - 25lbs per bike9lbs / 4kgYes
Thule OutWay Platform 2Trunk/Boot2 bikes - max 15kg per bike27.5lbs / 12.5kgYes
B'Twin 320 Car Bike RackTrunk/Boot3 bikes - 15kg max per bike19.8lbs / 9kgYes
Hollywood Express 3Trunk/Boot2 or 3 bikes - 35lbs max per bikeN/AYes
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